Grateful Dead Live at Dillon Stadium on 1974-07-31
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Me And My Uncle
Brown Eyed Women
Beat It On Down The Line
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->
It Must Have Been The Roses
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider
Around And Around
Eyes Of The World ->
The Promised Land
Ship Of Fools
Weather Report Suite Prelude ->
Weather Report Suite Part ->
Let It Grow Set . Seastones
Ramble On Rose
Greatest Story Ever Told
To Lay Me Down
Mind Left Body Jam ->
Spanish Jam ->
One More Saturday Night
Uncle John's Band
Related Music (Beta) question-dark
Versions - Different performances of the song by the same artist
Compilations - Other albums which feature this performance of the song
Covers - Performances of a song with the same name by different artists
|Me And My Uncle|
|Brown Eyed Women|
|Beat It On Down The Line|
|Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->|
|It Must Have Been The Roses|
|China Cat Sunflower ->|
|I Know You Rider|
|Around And Around|
|Eyes Of The World ->|
|The Promised Land|
|Ship Of Fools|
|Weather Report Suite ->|
|Let It Grow|
|Ramble On Rose|
|Greatest Story Ever Told|
|To Lay Me Down|
|Mind Left Body Jam ->|
|Spanish Jam ->|
|One More Saturday Night|
|Uncle John's Band|
Reel flip in Row Jimmy and WRS Intro patched with Bill Degen's AUD
Unknown Mics -> Master Cassette -> Reel (7inch) -> Dat -> SHN
-- This is shnid 1019 cleaned up and patched.
-- Beginning of Scarlet is cut.
- CD -> EAC -> Samplitude Professional v7.02 -> FLAC
- Hartford, CT
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
- Dillon Stadium
Nearly 45 years ago this was my very first Grateful Dead show. I'll have to admit I was seriously tripping and don't remember much of it, and I can't comment much about the "quality" of the show, but oh lord I remember the place just LIGHTING UP when Truckin started, continuing through the following jams and hitting nirvana on One More Saturday night. (It was a Wed, but what the hell.)
Listening to it all again and sharing it with all the guys that attended with me that night. This whole archive site is priceless.
Subject: Stadiumless @ crazy middle set
On a small gridiron pitch with bleachers and room for a couple thousand (there's no actual stadium) at Colt Park. They'd played it in '72 but would switch to the Civic Center for 18 shows from '77 to '90 (they played in Colt Park itself, across the street from the bleachers, in '76). From the AUD it doesn't sound like there were more than a few hundred attending, pero quién sabe? This is the show before the Philly shows (with the great Playin' the first night and the hot show the second). The show before (Cap Centre - Columbia District) was also great and was the 2012 Dave's Picks bonus disc.
This show is notable for a near-perfect second set (of three - not counting Seastones); one of the top sets of '74. That makes it almost 5 hours with intermissions, and helps explain why (unusually for '74) they repeated half the songs from the show before. Fear not that the 1st Set is average. Stick with it and hear a local park pitch in Hartford lose its terra adhesion. It wasn't a much-traded show for whatever reason but has come into its own since it's release as Dave's #2. Overall it's a '74 Top Twenty - maybe Top Ten.
First Set. One of only 2 shows that start with a Scarlet (Ally Pally #3), I always enjoy the end-workout of the '74 arrangement. Keith is awesome on Me & My Uncle. There's an average Beat it On Down the Line-dozen (Baker's for Keith) but the vox drop from the SBDs (try the matrix). It's a little rough after that (though Roses has a nice, non-dirge tempo) until Jack Straw kicks asses. China>Rider is a little too loose to be a '74 classic but Around finishes the set strong. Bobby's off-tune shouting notwithstanding, it's a smoker with Jer getting some off-the-usual licks, first with a blues scale solo, then with Berry double-stop and rhythm figures using added sevenths.
Second Set. Bertha isn't the tightest ever but the solo is so sweet-spotted it cures diabetics, Bobby's laying great fills and Phil is walking all over the place (awesome or frustrating? You decide!). Big River = good gods. '74 is lousy with great Eyes (Louisville, Winterland, etc.), and this is one of them. Phil is having a hell of a show and this one is just hard to believe. The band ends and Jer just keeps doodling alone until Billy recognizes China Doll. It's amazing how a Berry 3-chorder can be so different each night, but on this Promised Land Jer whittles the whole way through. Tidewater 4-10-09! Jer is on tiptoes for Ship, reaching deep. And Keith - wow. Weather Report>LiG is better the show before but the last five minutes are incredible.
Third Set. The band's just coasting at first with Jer understated and Donnaskreech™ on Greatest Story. But then the set blows wide with a Truckin'>Wharf that includes both Mind left AND Spanish jams. It starts sloppy but then takes off on the back of Mssr. Garcia. From Truckin' through the jam takes 32 minutes until a Wharf where Billy's the king (even though Jer first teases Wharf @11:00!). Fatigue then sets in - as it often did on the long ones.
1st Set: B-
2nd Set: A+
3rd Set: C
Overall = 4 Stars
Me & My Uncle - check Keith here
Jack Straw - it all works
Around & Around - listen to Jer play it a little different
SET TWO - entire set is a must-hear
Truckin'>Wharf Rat - a Truckin' jam to a MLB jam to a Spanish jam to a Wharf separates a soccer pitch from the planet
SOURCES: Dave's Picks 2, like many of the SBDs, runs 1% fast - tolerable to most, I'm sure, and much less than we put up with in the blanx-n-postage days. The miller SBD is slightly better than DP2 but with the beginning of Scarlet cut (try the tobin matrix).
Subject: Hartford 1974
Scarlet, Eyes and WRS are pretty nice.
Subject: Sometimes i wonder
Great show here. I come back to it a few times a year. takes a whole day of work and just makes it difernt!
Subject: Wharf Rat low note
Subject: TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
Subject: Nice Once Here Charlie!!!
Why am I going on about all this, because CM's remaster of 7/31/74 is sublime, powerful, just right in virtually every way. The MSR that has been available on LMA forever is stellar. Really, one of the very very best(clean ^ crisp/pops) SBD recordings there is from the WOS era. It does not feature any of the flatness, or un-ignorable high hiss that malign so many other 73-74 sources. It's only flaws are a few random cuts, that really have zero impact on taking in the show. I wasn't expecting to prefer Charlie's, but I thought I'd better check it out since this stream will be a thing of the past within the month. If you get there in time, scoop this up before its too late. We should have a little time as 5/25/77 is slotted for release first.
Aside from the sound issues, this is one of those shows where you don't need to wonder if what you see on paper will deliver on its potential. This is a monster night that stands out near the highest peaks that the 73-74 GD ever reached. A must for all!
Subject: First show..... and still making me smile
Subject: Playing In The Band?
This concert reminds me of why I am not enamored of much live Dead after Ron's passing (early '73)
Subject: Beyond Impressive
Among the numerous highlights are China> Rider (incl. soaring, flawless transition jam), a big dreamy Eyes, and WRS. Of course, the pinnacle is the Truckin> Mind Left Body Jam> Spanish Jam. Really great improvisational stuff!!
Subject: Love it
Subject: Great Mix
The floor toms seem like they were mic'ed deep, a la Sgt. Pepper style. Regardless, the bottom-end of this show features joyous interplay between Billy and Phil.
Subject: Twice Baked
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" July 31, 1974 at Dillion Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America
~This Day in GRATEFUL DEAD History~
The GRATEFUL DEAD were in Harford today, 35 years ago...if you weren't old enough to be at this show you probably don't have a clue what 1974 was like.
I couldn't be there in 1974, but I showed up today to listen to the show, where were you?
5 Stars for the mix, recording, performance, and transfer. It's a Charlie Miller transfer. If you haven't clicked on Charlie Miller's name and collected his GRATEFUL DEAD shows, you should...I did.
I recommend using your EQ during playback of most of the shows on the IA, this one included.
Windows Media Player has a 10 band EQ and SRS WOW effects that enhance the sound.
Here's one way to download this show:
The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer.
RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at www.realplayer.com.
Using RealPlayer to view this webpage, click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist. If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer.
Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it.
When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder.
Repeat these steps for each song.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1974.
Subject: 74 new england!!
Subject: 74' Dead
The show comes out with guns blazing and really gives you a full dose of prime GD music. Everyone seems to be into this show and 3 sets make this a must have for any deadhead. Highlights include a 18 minute Eyes and a great Truckin'-->Jam. The only flaw is in the recording but nothing over the top to take away for the great tunes. Overall 4 1/2 stars. If Dark star was played it would have been 5 but hey there is always tomorrow to find that hidden jewel of a show.
Subject: super show
take it for what it was phenomenal ..
the whole band was into they were backstage just lit up with laughter. everything was working on this sunny afternoon into the night ..
did anybody else see the guy in the red coat ? LOL ...this show was a grateful dead wrapped gift for the summer .if you never seen the wall it was a monster ,, anyway just listen and play it loud
Subject: You Had to See It To Believe It
Subject: One Of The Most Unusual Shows Ever
Each set was like a half of a normal first set and a half of a normal second set. All the songs are good minus a few slops and clams and the recording has various glitches and drop outs, but it really delivers on the important stuff. There is lots of innovative jamming throughout.
Set 1: China>Rider: Jerry flames toward the end of China Cat and carries it through to grand finale.
Set 2: Eyes> Stronger Than Dirt > China Doll > Ship >WRS > WRS2 > LIG. Relentless. One of the finest and most well-developed WRS' of all time.
Set 3: TLMD, Truckin'>Mind Left Jam and Spanish Jam. Astounding, mesmerizing, captivating.
One of my favorite shows of 1974. One of the unheralded great shows of all time.
Subject: my first show
Subject: Here Comes Sunshine From The Balcony
There's a lot s cool stuff happening today in your honour and MG is gonna be in Baltimore to swank it up for a Dead Symphony.
Betty n' Bob both have cool new gigs and Dan is still playing and pushing the curve.
Bobby is still, and always will be, Bobby.
Phil is keeping the flame alive and dong yeoman's work to keep fun and weirdness in music.
Anyway, Buddha Man, just wanted to drop a line here to say thank you, so much. You gave us all you had, and all you had was so much. Thanks for leaving to door open for so many to travel the many roads you showed us.
Yeah, yeah, I know: You just wanna play. Well, we still just wanna listen.
God bless, take care, many hugs, Happy Birthday! Say Hi to Pig.
Subject: Absolutely Flawless
To Lay Me Down is flawless...
A perfectly drummed, rockin' China Rider..
An excellent Playin' in the Band...
A long, jazzy Truckin...
And, what a beautifully cheerily mournful MLB Jam...
Straight through to the end, this show has not a fault anywhere.
Upon reflection, though, I think this show, and GD shows in general, work better when the jams are not all separated into separate tracks. I recommend downloading the version of this that has Truckin>Mlb>Spanish lumped into one track. This is because the whole is far, far greater than the sum of its parts.
But five stars anyway, because you need any copy of this show you can find.